Turner Sports' 26th Consecutive Year of PGA Championship Coverage Tees Off Thursday, July 28, from Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
TNT to Exclusively Televise 18 Hours of Live Coverage
PGA.com, Managed by Turner Sports, Doubles PGA Championship LIVE Featured Group Coverage to Showcase Four Marquee Pairings Each Day
Turner Sports will provide comprehensive multimedia coverage of the 98th PGA Championship held July 28-31 from Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. TNT will televise 18 hours of exclusive live action as Jason Day defends his 2015 PGA Championship title. The network’s coverage will include six hours each day on Thursday and Friday, July 28-29, from 1-7 p.m. ET, along with live coverage of the third and fourth rounds on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
This marks the 26th consecutive year of Turner Sports' coverage of the PGA Championship and TNT's 18th straight year televising the event. TNT commentators will be Sports Emmy Award-winning hosts Ernie Johnson and Brian Anderson – calling his first PGA Championship – analysts Ian Baker-Finch and Billy Kratzert, on-course analyst Mike Weir and Amanda Balionis handling pre- and post-round interviews.
PGA.com, managed by Turner Sports, will offer extensive digital coverage of the event including live streaming via PGA Championship LIVE, presented by Mercedes-Benz. This year, PGA Championship LIVE will double its Featured Group coverage, expanding to four featured groups each day, along with providing direct access to the simulcast broadcast coverage of the tournament and media-room interviews. Anderson and Brian Katrek will anchor PGA.com’s coverage alongside analysts Kratzert and Michael Breed, and course reporters Katrek and Annabel Rolley.
The Sports Emmy Award-winning PGA Championship LIVE video player will be available across a wide array of platforms including desktop, iOS and Android tablets, smartphones and the PGA Championship TV App, designed exclusively for Samsung Smart TVs. TNT’s simulcast coverage will require viewers to log in with their user name and password given to them by their TV service provider. CBS' coverage of the championship on Saturday and Sunday will not require log in.
Additional cross-platform highlights include:
TNT and PGA.com to Present Expanded Analytics and Virtual Animation
Trackman Technology will be added to GolfTrax’s laser-generated data to enhance TNT and PGA.com’s analytic and virtual animation storytelling on select holes. Trackman tracks key metrics including ball speed, flight apex and distance. In addition, GolfTrax, spronsored by Scottrade, will provide enhanced course visualization, tournament scoring data and player ball position and distances for select groups.
Additional TNT Coverage Highlights
Technical features for this year’s telecast will include TNT Total Motion swing analysis – a super-slo-mo camera delivering a definitive point of view for swing analysis and a review of specialty shots.
PGA Championship Apps for Phones and Tablets
A full suite of interactive PGA Championship apps will return across phone, tablets and select Samsung TVs. Both the Android app, sponsored by Samsung, and the iOS app, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, will offer access to live video, breaking news, “Minute-By-Minute” updates, live scoring, graphical displays, photo galleries, a course tour and on-site spectator resources. For desktop, an enhanced leaderboard will include video clips, shot-by-shot graphical displays and social content sorted by player and hole.
Exclusive 4K Coverage for DirecTV Customers
Together, Turner, CBS Sports and the PGA of America will deliver exclusive 4K content of the PGA Championship. Coverage will air on DirecTV for customers with 4K devices and access. Four-day 4K coverage will start Thursday (12:30-3:30 p.m. ET) with live video from the famous par-three 4th hole at Baltusrol.
PGA Championship LIVE Video Features
Along with multiple live video streams, PGA Championship LIVE will offer highlights of key moments, live scoring, Featured Group shot-by-shot graphical displays using laser-generated data, individualized player scorecards and advanced DVR features.
On-Site Fan Experience
Golf fans attending the event will enjoy a completely immersive experience with access to a wide range of content and resources via the PGA Championship app, including state-of-the-art course navigation. “Binoculars,” using innovative Smart Bluetooth Beacon Technology, will enable fans to identify player groups from a distance. Additionally, the app will feature a player locator and live “Minute-by-Minute” content streaming of the action from the course and behind the scenes. A new “Golf Mode” feature in the app also will allow fans to use their handheld device while not disrupting play. Free Wi-Fi will be available on-course, servicing key hospitality and gathering areas for fans.
Social Content Gives Fans All-Access
Fans can experience the 2016 PGA Championship across a wide range of PGA.com social platforms including special Facebook Live programming, real-time Twitter highlights, and a behind-the-scenes Snapchat Live Story on Sunday. Additionally, innovative 360 and virtual reality technology will capture photos and video which will live on Facebook, giving fans the immersive experience of being on the grounds at Baltusrol with panoramic photos and video.
Long Drive Competition Coverage via PGA.com
PGA.com’s social media platforms will showcase top moments from the PGA Championship Long Drive Competition on Tuesday, July 26, as players are offered the opportunity to hit one shot on hole No. 1 to win a special money clip inspired by the one received by Jack Nicklaus for hitting the longest drive at the PGA Championship in 1963.